Both Look Homeward, Angel and Tristram Shandy defy formal analysis. Both are concerned with the education of the very young. Both see that education as essentially the product of the impact of the world outside upon the young mind. Both describe that education through memories in maturity.... Both books are family novels, particularly rich in brilliantly rich, hyperbolically presented family portraits.... Both men were remarkably proficient at capturing the individual cadences of human speech and reproducing them with sharp accuracy, and both delighted in the rhetorically extravagant; so that their works present, not a unified style, but a medley of styles.